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Lake Hawea Sunset: I feel like I am settling into some sort of rhythm here in Wanaka. I work, I drink a beer, I head out and photograph the sunset, rinse and repeat. The mountains in and around the Wanaka are spectacular, and the last week has seen some impressive sunsets. The mountains which span the length of Lake Hawea seem to attract most of the cloud in the late afternoon, heading into the evening and sunset. While in the opposite direction, towards the West Coast and Mount Aspiring National Park, the clouds have been somewhat patchy. Clouds are a tricky thing for a landscape photographer, I feel like I need some clouds for the sun to connect with, to give me that soft colour in the sky as the sun sets. But it requires a fine balance, too much cloud and the sunset is like a dimmer switch being slowly turned down, it basically just gets dark. Too little sun and there isn’t anything for the sunset to react with. I often find that a rainy day produces the most spectacular sunsets, albeit on condition that the rain abates and clears. This photograph of Lake Hawea and the mountains which loom over it, offer, for me, that nice blend of just enough cloud and sun. The break in the cloud makes this photograph.  Photograph details: 1/30th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 150mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.

Lake Hawea Sunset

I’m currently in beautiful New Zealand and I’m stoked to explore more of this stunning country. Remember to follow me on Instagram and like Nomads on the Road on Facebook

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